[MLS GOLEADORES] One of the world's lowest scoring leagues, MLS looks headed toward reaching a new nadir in its 16th season. At least the New York Red Bulls, whose Thierry Henry scored his eighth goal of the season in a thriller with Portland, are bucking the downward trend. For the latest on the Golden Boot race and how MLS scoring compares with foreign leagues ...
* New York Red Bull Thierry Henry scored his eighth goal of the season in a 3-3 tie with Portland to join Landon Donovan, who is on Gold Cup duty with the USA, atop the leading scorers' race.
* The Red Bulls have scored 24 goals in 15 games for a 1.60 goals-scored average. Last season, Real Salt Lake finished with the league-high average (1.50).
* The leaguewide goals-per-game average after 137 matches is 2.37. The 2010 season ended with an all-time low 2.46 goals per game, a drop from the previous low of 2.54 in 2009. It was 2.81 in 2008.
* In the most recently completed European seasons, scoring increased from the previous seasons in Germany (2.92/2.83), England (2.80/2.77), Spain (2.74/2.71) and the Netherlands (3.22/2.99).
* Two countries notorious for low-scoring leagues, Italy and France, averaged 2.51 and 2.34, respectively, in their 2010-11 seasons.
* The Mexican 2011 Clausura averaged 2.60 goals per game.
MLS Leading Scorers
|Thierry Henry||New York||8||4|
|Landon Donovan||Los Angeles||8||1|
|Charlie Davies||D.C. United||7||1|
|Chris Wondolowski||San Jose||6||2|
|Brek Shea||FC Dallas||6||1|
|Luke Rodgers||New York||5||3|
|Maicon Santos||Toronto FC||5||1|
|Chad Barrett||Los Angeles||4||3|
|Steven Lenhart||San Jose||4||2|
|Fabian Espindola||Real Salt Lake||4||1|
|Shalrie Joseph||New England||4||1|
|Simon Dawkins||San Jose||4||0|
|Chris Pontius||D.C. United||4||0|